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Doyle’s Background

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Doyle's Background Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. He was one of the children whose father was poorly paid civil servant and an alcoholic. Doyle married Louise Hawkins in 1885 and at the time he was interested in physic studies but studied medicine which he gave up as he was not succeeding. So instead he decided to pursue his first love which was writing. The features that make a gripping crime story are the development of suspense and mystery. In the story are "The man with the twisted lip" mystery is built up when Neville S.t Clair, alias the beggar Hugh Boone, sends his wife a letter explaining of his good health when Holmes believes he's been murdered. Crime writers also use stereotypical characters. This is typical in both Doyle's stories and modern day crime writing. The most likeliest of villains is a middle aged, aggressive, non-sociable man. (NR RoyCott) Another important feature to a crime story is the plot, it has to be original and it has to spark intrigue and enigma. ...read more.


While seeming unsympathetic he is in deep concentration trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. This is in contrast to Watson, he is extremely sympathetic and comforting Watson rarely sees the relevance of some pieces of information. (In "The Speckled Band" Watson doesn't think twice about the bell cord that opens the narrow ventilation). Sometimes though, Watson appears to be clever but in the end the clue is of irrelevance. (Watson looking at footprints in mud while Holmes in looking around the boundaries of Vulias room for means of entrance). Holmes perceptiveness is again acknowledged in the concluding part of the story when he reveals all to Watson. Doyle's techniques for creating suspense and tension are the same as those used in crime writing today. He sets the plot in typical settings often dark or isolated. (Stoke Maran / Opium Den). He builds up tension by using vivid description as in "The Speckled Band" where Holmes interpretation of stoke Maran is, " The central portion was in little better repair, but the right hand block was comparatively modern, and the blinds in the windows with the blue smoke curling up from the chimneys showed this was were the family lived. ...read more.


He also uses personal experiences from other crimes to help him deduct a conclusion . "As a mule, when I have heard some slight indication of the course of events I am able to guide myself by the thousands of other similar cases". Other cases can appear important but some are red herrings such as the gypsies in "The Speckled Band" which added mystery to the stories. But all is in hand as Holmes uses his scientific knowledge and other methods of investigation which were relatively new to the Victorians. He is also very logical and never looks past the obvious. Doyle's stories are as interesting today as they were for Victorians 100 years ago because they are original, peculiar and they still spark intrigue for readers today. Doyle's stories were the first and since then they have set a standard for the rest. There are similarities between original detective stories and modern detective genre because they both have a fast pace, a twist in the middle, and a final confrontation. ?? ?? ?? ?? Che 11AB What do you learn about crime genre from the Sherlock Holmes stories By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? ...read more.

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